Political map of North America & the Caribbean on 01 May 1862 (American Civil War: Capture of New Orleans), showing the following events: British & Spanish withdraw from Mexico; Confederates abandon Arizona; Battle of Forts Jackson & St Philip; Union captures New Orleans; Union takes Corinth.

Capture of New Orleans

American Civil War

North America 1862.0501

Capture of New Orleans

American Civil War, French intervention in Mexico, Dominican Restoration War (1 May 1862)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

Union successes in Tennessee forced the Confederates to send troops and materiel north up the Mississippi River, stripping their defenses in the south. However, this made New Orleans vulnerable, and, when the Union fleet sailed upriver to attack it, it fell swiftly. Through simple negligence, the Confederacy had lost its largest city and most important commercial port.

Main Events

British & Spanish withdraw from Mexico

Realizing French ambitions, Great Britain and Spain end their part in the Mexican intervention and withdraw their troops

Confederates abandon Arizona

Union forces expel Confederates from New Mexico Territory, ending Confederate Territory of Arizona

Battle of Forts Jackson & St Philip

Union Navy fleet under David G. Farragut forces passage between Confederate Forts Jackson and St. Philip to advance on New Orleans

Union captures New Orleans

Union forces under Farragut captures New Orleans, the largest city in the Confederacy

Union takes Corinth

Union forces under Henry Halleck capture Corinth, Mississippi, from Confederate forces under P. G. T. Beauregard

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